It's been a few years since I last cut with a table saw, a very versatile tool that even with safety features and excellent protective techniques can become extremely dangerous in the blink of an eye. I used to rip boards for flutes with it, but totally changed over to the far more tame 14" band saw to handle that (and other) work.
I respect the table saw, but I have to admit it also scares me a bit. Aside from the possibility of consuming some flesh, kickback can send a piece of wood hurtling at damaging speeds into anything in its path, and that's equally unpleasant.
While the tool you're about to see has been out a while, I had only recently heard about it.
It ain't cheap, but neither is medical treatment for missing body parts. You don't have to be a tool person to appreciate this video of SawStop being put to the test, first with a hot dog and then with a perfectly fine human finger. You'll see what I mean...
FYI - prices start ~$1,600 for a semi portable contractor saw to close to $3,000 for a fixed shop set-up. In select stores only. Dear Santa.....